Frequently Asked Questions
Diagnostic radiology is the field of medicine that uses a variety of imaging exams and procedures to investigate the possible causes of a person’s symptoms. In any form of medical care, diagnostic radiology plays an integral part in the diagnosis of disease or injury. The exams often use radiation, at levels that have been determined to be safe, to create detailed anatomical images.
In many specialties, medical school graduates go right into their categorical training. Some, such as Diagnostic Radiology, require an intern year of generalized training before entering a specialty program in the PGY-2 year. In order to match with these advanced programs, medical students apply and interview at both specialty programs and intern year programs at the same time. Upon matching, they enter their intern year that July and their specialty program the following year. Students applying for the University Hospital - SUNY Stony Brook at Mather Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Program can spend their intern year in either a preliminary program or a transitional year program.
The University Hospital - SUNY Stony Brook at Mather Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program, while newly established, will provide the full spectrum of educational opportunities one would anticipate in a long-established residency program. Our sponsoring institution, Stony Brook Medicine has been working to train residents since 1972, and they will team with Mather to provide oversight over all aspects of your education. Providing care within an award-winning community hospital, our residents will be taught by experienced faculty members many of whom hold academic appointments at Stony Brook Medicine. Residents will have access to the full resources of Stony Brook Medicine, including: online access to the entire electronic library, Up-to-Date, and use of the state-of-the-art simulation center. This design will provide a strong clinical foundation in a community-focused environment.
Our inaugural class will have the unique opportunity of helping to shape the mood and culture of our new residency program. Your voice and feedback will be welcomed as we continue to develop quality educational initiatives and grow our program.
At the heart of this program’s educational process is the understanding that the provision of healthcare to a fellow human being is a privilege. We at Mather Hospital will hold the door for someone who is passing by or may, if encountering a person who can’t find their way, walk them to their destination. All individuals are unique and carry a value system with which they frame their world. When we treat people, we must take a step into their world, to see things as they see them. In this way we can truly collaborate with patients to help them incorporate long lasting changes into their lives and achieve results that they can recognize as meaningful. We are looking for applicants who share this passion.
We are affiliated with The State University of New York Stony Brook Medicine. Residents in the University Hospital - SUNY Stony Brook at Mather Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Program will have access to all the amenities and benefits of the University.
The University Hospital - SUNY Stony Brook at Mather Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program aims to be very competitive. However, candidates selected to interview and match will be chosen based on the applicant’s entire file. We are looking for residents committed to high quality and safe patient care across the continuum of healthcare. Therefore, it will be important to have a well-rounded file that includes solid board scores, community involvement, a clearly defined passion for your educational goals and letters of recommendation that capture your clinical and personal strengths.
The University Hospital - SUNY Stony Brook at Mather Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is located in the Village of Port Jefferson, on the North Shore of Long Island. Situated approximately 60 miles east of New York City, Port Jefferson is within driving distance of vineyards, beaches, restaurants, sporting venues, outlets and more.
We have designed the Mather program to provide not only a satisfying professional experience, but also an overall high quality of your personal life. Residents will not have any overnight in house call or night float. We take resident well-being seriously and carefully monitor duty hour rules to comply with our policies and to mitigate fatigue and burnout. Our program provides ample opportunity to balance work and play, and Port Jefferson’s locale allows convenient access to everything exciting Long Island and New York City has to offer.
Port Jefferson combines all the quaintness of a seaside historical village with the convenience of a major metropolitan suburb. From vineyards to amusement parks, world famous beaches to spectacular sporting events, outlet shopping to great restaurants, everything one could imagine is just a short drive away.
New York City is no further away than the local train station, which is a 10-minute walk from the hospital. The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company offers hourly ferry service to Connecticut, and makes a fun weekend afternoon if you just want to relax and enjoy the sun and water.
Mather Hospital has contracted with multiple rental management companies to reserve a limited number of subsidized, non-furnished studios, one and two bedroom apartments, many within walking distance to the hospital. We will also work with each Resident on a case by case basis, as needed, to ensure that they have adequate housing to fulfill their Residential needs.
The residency is a State University of New York Stony Brook Medicine sponsored program. As such, most resident benefits are provided by SUNY. These benefits include vacation time, liability coverage, health insurance, dental coverage, conference stipends, sick leave, library access and on-campus activity discounts. They will also have the opportunity to participate in Stony Brook Medicine social activities exclusively for Housestaff, as well as serve as representatives on Stony Brook Medicine Resident councils. Residents will have access to Stony Brook Medicine’s state of the art fitness facilities and may engage in educational activities at their renowned Simulation Center. In addition Mather provides access to a limited number of subsidized housing units, discounts at local gyms, and 24/7 access to healthy food within the hospital.
We are anticipating that our ACGME initial accreditation will be given in November of 2015, so our inaugural class of transfers can commence on July 1, 2016 and our first Match class will begin on July 1, 2017.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of health care services of the highest quality to the Residents of Suffolk County in a cost effective manner. As members of the Mather Hospital Family - trustees, medical staff, hospital staff, volunteers and benefactors - we are committed to providing care to the best of our ability showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. We will meet or exceed each patient's expectations through the continued collaborative efforts of each and every member of the Mather Hospital Family.
Our hospital goal is to be the best community hospital in New York State and we hold four pillars as our core values: people, service, quality & safety and innovation & growth. As such, we strive to provide an ethical and professional environment in which the educational curricular requirements can be fully achieved and assessed. We are dedicated to establishing an environment where diversity of background and thought is both respected and encouraged.